Bringing authors to library communities across the metropolitan area
Club Book, a series that brings best-selling and award-winning authors to library communities throughout the metropolitan region, will host several acclaimed authors in its fall 2013 season. Originally launched in 2010, Club Book is now slated to run through the end of 2013. The program will announce two seasons annually with events hosted by library systems throughout the 7-county metropolitan area.
Consider the book club rewritten. All events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open 45 minutes in advance of each program and books will be available for sale/signing.
Emily Rapp: Tuesday, September 17, 7 PM
Acclaimed memoirist of Still Point of the Turning World and Poster Child, born with a congenital defect, Emily Rapp had her left foot amputated at age four. She’s worn a prosthetic limb ever since, an experience she details in her first book Poster Child. A former Fulbright scholar and recipient of the James A. Michener Fellowship, her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Sun, and elsewhere. In 2011, Rapp’s 9 month old son Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and incurable genetic disorder, and she chronicled their struggle on her blog Little Seal. Her second book, Still Point of the Turning World, grew from her work on her blog and questions our most fundamental assumptions about parenthood, success, and a meaningful life.
Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville
Eric Schlosser: Tuesday, September 24, 7 PM
Nonfiction author of Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness and Command and Control (a myth-shattering exposé of America’s nuclear weapons program), investigative journalist Eric Schlosser is the author of the bestselling nonfiction works Fast Food Nation, Chew on This, and Reefer Madness. Schlosser’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The Nation. In addition to nonfiction writing, two of his plays have been recently produced in London and he served as an executive producer for the films Fast Food Nation and There Will Be Blood. He will discuss his newest work, Command and Control, a myth-shattering exposé of America’s nuclear weapons program.
St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Ave., St. Paul
Hosted by: Saint Paul Public Library
Atina Diffley: Wednesday, October 9, 7 PM
Organic farmer/consultant and author of the 2012 Minnesota Book Award-winning memoir, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, Atina Diffley is an organic farmer/consultant, public speaker, and writer. From 1985 to 2008, she and her husband Martin ran the Gardens of Eagan, an urban-edge, organic vegetable farm, which he started in 1973 as one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest. Her popular blog, What Is A Farm, is filled with reflections, tools and advice on organic farming. Winner of the 2012 Minnesota Book Award, her new memoir Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works is a compelling account of her life as a Minnesota organic farmer.
Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd St N., Stillwater
Sarah Stonich: Monday, October 14, 6:30 PM
Beloved Minnesota author of The Ice Chorus, These Granite Islands, and most recently Vacationland, Sarah Stonich is the author of these novels as well as the memoir Shelter. Recipient of many awards and fellowships, including a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and a Loft McKnight Fellowship, Sarah has been a writer-in-residence at programs and literary festivals in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and throughout the United States. Her most recent book, Vacationland, explores a range of characters over a span of decades that are linked to a small resort in Northern Minnesota near the Canadian border. The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Sarah a “chronicler with storytelling gifts reminiscent of Alice Munro.”
Chanhassen Public Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen
Erin Hart & Paddy O’Brien: Thursday, October 24, 7 PM
Erin (an award-winning author) and Paddy (her accordion-playing husband and memoirist) will present a program of Irish literature and song. Erin Hart and Paddy O’Brien are an accomplished creative duo, having received accolades from around the world for their writing and music. Erin’s atmospheric and literary crime novels set in the bogs of Ireland (Haunted Ground, Lake of Sorrows, False Mermaid and The Book of Killowen), have won critical praise, earned the Friends of American Writers Award and have been translated into eleven different languages. Paddy has won international acclaim for his amazing repertoire and artistry on the accordion, and in 2013 was named Ireland’s Traditional Composer of the Year at the Gradam Ceoil Irish Music Awards. Also a writer, his memoir about growing up in rural Ireland, The Road from Castlebarnagh, has received glowing reviews in Ireland and around the globe.
Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave SE, Prior Lake
Andy Sturdevant: Monday, November 4, 6:30 PM
Twin Cities-based cultural host, commentator and writer presents his first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow. “If you’re looking for someone who is always on the cutting edge of the Twin Cities art scene, Andy Sturdevant is your man,” according to Minnesota Public Radio. Andy has written about art, history and culture for a variety of Twin Cities-based publications and websites, including mnartists.org, Rain Taxi, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and heavytable.com. He writes a weekly column on arts and visual culture called The Stroll for MinnPost. Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow is published by Coffee House Press in the fall of 2013 to coincide with his solo show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This genre-bending collection reveals the essayist as pied piper and artist, whose canvas is the city.
Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave., Anoka
Ed Bok Lee: Monday, December 2, 7 PM
Acclaimed playwright and national best-selling poet of Real Karaoke People and Whorled, national best-selling poet Ed Bok Lee was raised in South Korea, North Dakota and Minnesota. His first collection of poetry, Real Karaoke People, was the winner of an Asian American Literary Award and the PEN Open Book Award. His second collection, Whorled, was published by Coffee House Press and won a 2012 American Book Award as well as a Minnesota Book Award. His plays have been seen at major regional and national theaters including the Guthrie, New York Theater Workshop, Taipei Theater, Walker Art Center and elsewhere. He teaches part-time at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.
Hennepin County Library, Southdale, 7001 York Ave. S., Edina
Club Book, a program of Metropolitan Library Service Agency and coordinated by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Creative partner: A/B Geist. Media support: Minnesota Public Radio. Author escort: Around Town Agency. Library hosts include: Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, St. Paul Public, Scott County, Stillwater Public, and Washington County.
For more information about the series, visit the dedicated website (www.clubbook.org) or call 612-543-8107.